You will buy many decks of tarot cards over time, believe me, YOU WILL! The first deck I bought, like most I guess, was the Rider Waite deck and it is still the one I use most now. I am really attached to it but I just can’t help myself when I see other, nicely illustrated decks. Just one more won’t hurt will it?! I have to stop myself from buying them sometimes because it’s become a bit of an issue! If you look at other blog sites or follow tarot readers on social media, you will often see them showing off their 50 or so decks, proving my point that buying cards that catch your eye comes with the territory, don’t say I didn’t warn you! Some of these decks can go out of print and then become worth quite a bit of money so it’s actually useful to invest (she keeps telling herself!). People do buy and sell decks all time. There’s always the option to have a clear out now and again to enable you to buy more!
I have a tiny tarot deck which is great for carrying around for my own use and it’s something I wanted in my collection. I’ve got the Tiny Universal Waite Tarot Deck It measures 3.2 x 2.5 x 0.6 cm so it’s not quite an inch and a half! I’ve never done a proper reading with them, I”m not sure I could, but if I’ve been out with friends and they ask something, I get the tiny deck out! This deck is just for fun though. It’s too small to do much with but it’s a quirky thing to have.
The other style of tarot deck I quite like to have is a circular one. It’s a contrast from the usual shape of card and I like something out of the ordinary. You will find yourself looking for things that are ‘different’ to the normal run of the mill deck and they tend to be few and far between. The round ones are quite difficult to find. Motherpeace do a small round deck but it’s not THAT mini to be honest. They also do a larger round deck, but you may well have to hunt around for that!
One thing to watch out for when buying tarot cards online is to make sure they are in your own language (or you can speak the language). Some cards may have Chinese numbers on them but they still have the usual images and the English card name so it’s actually not a major problem and they are very colourful and well illustrated. If you need the guidebook though, that IS in Chinese and no other language. Just check out all the details and reviews when buying any deck online unless you have seen them in a shop previously and know exactly wheat you are buying. We’ve all bought stuff online that hasn’t been what we thought when we ordered it – like the one sprout I got delivered in my shopping on Christmas eve!
I also have one of the large decks. I do like the bigger cards even though you can’t shuffle them! I get around this by spreading them all out on the table and mixing them up that way. Again, the giant Rider Waite deck is quite difficult to source but you can get them in good used condition too. There are not too many of the larger cards available but you might want one in your collection so worth having a good old look around. It is also worth having the larger cards in your collection as some clients may not have great eyesight and the larger cards are better for them to see.
If you look on eBay you will see some vintage decks selling for upwards of £100. It shows there is a good second hand market for them so hopefully you will buy decks that can bring you some money in future if you DO decide to sell them on at a later date. Look for unusual decks if you plan on selling. Personally I just buy decks I like and never think about the selling aspect. I am always drawn to the gilded decks. Not everyone likes them but I love the depth of colour and luxury they bring. I also love nature, flowers, the countryside and the sea so I am drawn to decks that are based around those things. Oracle cards are particularly awesome for their design and they are probably my favourite cards for that very reason.
The Hedgewitch Botanical Oracle is one I am longing for right now and it’s high on my hit list. The illustrations are simple but so pretty.
There are lots if minimalist designed cards around both for tarot and oracle. I know that they are hugely popular and a lot of people prefer that style of deck. Maybe you are not so fond of the bright illustrations and prefer something more low key but equally stunning.
You do not have to have a theme to your decks though. Just buy the ones you love and feel drawn to. There will be many. We might need to form a self help group to wean ourselves off!!